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Man in prison arrested over murder of 9-year-old girl in Okayama in 2004

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A 39-year-old man in prison for attempted murder was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of killing a 9-year-old girl in Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture, in 2004.

Yukiko Tsutsushio was stabbed to death after she returned home from school just after 3 p.m. on Sept 3, 2004. Her parents were out at the time. Her sister came home at about 3:30 p.m. and found Yukiko with multiple stab wounds to her chest and stomach.

More than 60,000 police officers worked on the case but failed to turn up any solid clues.

The case took a dramatic turn on Tuesday when inmate Kunihiko Katsuta said that he had killed Yukiko, Fuji TV reported. Police questioned Katsuta further about the crime and charged him with murder on Wednesday.

Police said Katsuta told them he saw Yukiko walking home alone and followed her. They said he admitted strangling her but denied stabbing her.

Katsuta was convicted of attempted murder in 2016 after he stabbed a junior high school girl on a street in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, in 2015. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Katsuta was also jailed in 2010 for four years for assaulting several school children. He said at the time he liked hitting children to see the look of terror on their faces and told the court he had punched children on at least 70 occasions.

Kyodo News reported Wednesday that at the initial trial, the Himeji branch of the Kobe District Court noted in its ruling that Katsuta had developed an interest in animation while at high school and a taste for seeing girls' shirts soaked in blood, which later grew into an urge to stab girls.

Police began questioning Katsuta last September as a potential suspect after they expanded the search area and scrutinized crimes with similar tactics, Kyodo reported.

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Sick man...

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Coward! Hopefully, he will get the death penalty that he deserves.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Hope this bring some peace to the parents. RIP little one.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

So this pathetic human  has a history of assaulting school children then after 4 yrs of jail time he came out to kill another girl and now convicted and will be serving again for 12 yrs. By that time he would be 51 y/o and still capable of doing horrible things.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Prison works in strange ways, this dude wants to be hung giving him an easy escape.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Yeah, right. Convenient for the police. Let's see the videotaped confession. Oh, right, they don't have those in Japan.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

What to say? Some closure for li’l Yukiko’s family. I’m not entirely sure he didn’t commit a crime between 2004 and 2016.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

So this pathetic human has a history of assaulting school children then after 4 yrs of jail time he came out to kill another girl and now convicted and will be serving again for 12 yrs. By that time he would be 51 y/o and still capable of doing horrible things.

Please read the article again!!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Death penaly indispensable.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

So basically if he didn't confess to the killing the police would still be in the dark about this murder that took place 14 years ago. Lucky break I'd say.

60,000 police in the initial investigation and not a single clue?? Mind boggling.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Hopefully this guy will never have another day of freedom.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Sounds like a.very nasty person, looking at his past convictions.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Yeah, right. Convenient for the police. Let's see the videotaped confession. Oh, right, they don't have those in Japan.

so the police suddenly decided to frame a man for murder...14 years after is occured? give me a break.

and yes, some interrogations are filmed nowawdays in japan. but filmed interrogations are not the norms in most countries. you're watching too much NCIS if you think all interrogations are taped in the US.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

@Giveme_abreak

"So this pathetic human has a history of assaulting school children then after 4 yrs of jail time he came out to kill another girl and now convicted and will be serving again for 12 yrs. By that time he would be 51 y/o and still capable of doing horrible things".

YEP!

The dilemma of mental health in Japan: pattern recognition

An overcrowded post war living predicament can be really stressful to some. Unemployment, wavering economy, etc. Not to mention such persons effed up life experiences Perhaps to the point of needing help in the form of mental facilities.  How limited counseling and psychotherapy are addressed in Japan, accurately or not. or limited avenues to seek assistance or fear to admit the need to.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

No more steak for this loon, ever! Just throw away the key to his cell!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

ok , I'm back believing in capital punishment again. He doesn't deserve ten minutes more oxygen on this planet. Not even worth being kept alive to be studied as a monster. In fact, send him to a prison overseas and put him into general population to have it done properly. Beaten and Shanked in a state of pure  terror like his poor young victims.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Miscreant.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Sick man. Its so sad to know a young girl was killed like that way. Very sad news.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Let's see the videotaped confession. Oh, right, they don't have those in Japan.

It's 2018. Try and keep up.

https://www.loc.gov/law/help/criminal-justice-system-reform/japan.php

section II

The 2016 amendment makes it mandatory for police officers and prosecutors to video record interrogations in cases that

involve crimes punishable by death or imprisonment for an indefinite period, or

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Sick man alright. Since he attempted to kill and he assaulted other little school girls before he definitely is a MENACE and should never be allowed near little girls again - and that means prison for life!

4 ( +5 / -1 )

@puregaijin

I don't need to read the article again because I understand that he confessed he killed the 9y/o girl on 2004 and was only jailed 2010 of assault. I'm just trying to make a point that if he should be in jail longer that 12 yrs.

@pudus

We clearly cannot hide the mental problem of this country, but there's a pattern on the crime he does I just think he belongs in "serial killer" category driven by his obsessive fantasy in young girls with blood.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

You look at the photo of this bright little kid smiling and doing a peace sign at the camera and you know her parents are never going to have 'closure' about the taking of her life by some psychopath who who wanted to see "girls' shirts soaked in blood".

I'm with Ricky Kaminski up above on this one.

ok , I'm back believing in capital punishment again.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Evil trash. Hang him, quickly. No more oxygen or public money should be wasted on this scumbag.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Over the years of reading news for Japan and UK I have notice their murder rate is not that low but it sure is made to seem so.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Admit it or not, but there is a lot of heinous crimes involving knives and abductions used on little school girls in Japan. Obviously some serious problems in society that are far from being addressed.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Why did it take them so long when he was already imprisoned for a similar crime? You also have to wonder what sort of coercion was used to get a confession.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Do the not do DNA testing on sexual offenders. Seems unbelievable in this day and age

2 ( +2 / -0 )

giveme_abreak "he came out to kill another girl ", no, he stabbed the 15-year old. It does not say he killed her.

Listening to the news the suggestion is that the police looked at this guy's history after his conviction in 2016, and began questioning him from last September (2017) about similar crimes in the past. At some point they must have widened their search net to include similar unsolved crimes in other nearby prefectures, and when the little girl in Okayama was flagged up he registered agreement. I guess the police still work in boxes, categories, departments and catchment areas.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Poor twintail loli doing peace sign. RIP

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

So basically if he didn't confess to the killing the police would still be in the dark about this murder that took place 14 years ago. Lucky break I'd say.

60,000 police in the initial investigation and not a single clue?? Mind boggling.

I don't know what's scarier. A Crazy and demented fool like Katsuta (who apparently is so slick, he leaves no clues) OR An entire 60,000 individual person police force that couldn't find clue number 1.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

@AgentX

Admit it or not, but there is a lot of heinous crimes involving knives and abductions used on little school girls in Japan. Obviously some serious problems in society that are far from being addressed.

I cant even imagine how some-thing-a hole could do this to a child...dam shame.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

"inmate Kunihiko Katsuta said that he had killed Yukiko, "

Ok, lets see if he walks "the green mile"

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Most of us are incapable of understanding this man, and this is as it should be.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

How is the police making sure the criminal is not just boasting

(Otherwise, the true perp may still be out there)

1 ( +1 / -0 )

He developed "a taste for seeing girls' shirts soaked in blood" really?, this is one sick deranged individual, for the sake of all children, this guy should never see day light again.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

 I don't know what's scarier. A Crazy and demented fool like Katsuta (who apparently is so slick, he leaves no clues) OR An entire 60,000 individual person police force that couldn't find clue number 1.

Both his parents work for the police. So it's very likely they had clues but ignored them.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

A sick individual who deserves a life sentence. And to be studied, to build up information on such murderers and their "reasoning".

What is it that makes people want to kill others? Perhaps some of our more vengeful posters could explain that.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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